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Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

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Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

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Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

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Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

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January retail sales remain strong after holidays

January retail sales remain strong after holidays

Up 5.4 percent over last year

(WASHINGTON) - An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing - dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December - and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increas...

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Industry Events

Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red ...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading compa...

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Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelry and watch plans generate additional revenue for retail jewelers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - In its latest move to support the prosperity of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group introduces JM Care Plan™ to retail jewelers throughout the United State...

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Featured Articles

Retailer Roundtable: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?

Retailer Roundtable: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?

Q: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?  

“I think the industry is still feeling the effects of that high profile [NBC] Dateline story from 2005 when a New York-based jeweler was caught and arrested for doing just th...

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Latest News

January retail sales remain strong after holidays

1 DAY AGO
January retail sales remain strong after holidays

Up 5.4 percent over last year

(WASHINGTON) - An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing - dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December - and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increase year-over year, the National Retail Federation (...

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Unique Settings offering completely free Custom CAD Designs in March

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Unique Settings offering completely free Custom CAD Designs in March

(NEW YORK) - Unique Settings of New York, a premier bridal and fine jewelry manufacturer is proud to announce that all their Custom CAD Designs will be completely free throughout the month of March – “no gimmicks, no catches.” During March, all Custom CAD Designs are free including but not limited to, ...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

8 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a less strenuous, street level bik...

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

14 DAYS AGO
American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

(TUCSON, Ariz.) - The 36th edition of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ Tucson 2018, held annually at the Tucson Convention Center, came to a close on Sunday, February 4. AGTA reported an increase in buyer company attendance by 10%, representing over 90 countries, who flocked to expl...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

15 DAYS AGO
Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading companies that exhibit in the Plumb Club Pavilion at th...

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ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

22 DAYS AGO
ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds has announced the winner of their Lovebright Sweepstakes. Among all the retailers that participated in the Sweepstakes, Bohland Jewelers from Ashland, Ohio had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation l...

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Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

1 DAY AGO
Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelry and watch plans generate additional revenue for retail jewelers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - In its latest move to support the prosperity of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group introduces JM Care Plan™ to retail jewelers throughout the United States. JM Care Plan is a program designed to increase ...

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Hoover & Strong, Polygon announce launch of online diamond auction service to Polygon Members

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Hoover & Strong, Polygon announce launch of online diamond auction service to Polygon Members

Hoover & Strong announced February 14 a new partnership with Polygon to offer their Harmony Diamond Auctions to Polygon members directly through the Polygon platform. The auctions are ideal for retail jewelry and pawn brokers to sell secondary market/over the counter goods, or for any seller to ...

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Furry friends on the job: Jordyn of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry

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Furry friends on the job: Jordyn of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry

This is Jordyn, the “furry daughter” of Joanne and Jim McGhee, owners of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry in Dothan, Alabama. The precious Maltese works as the store greeter. An avid fan of Alabama football, Jordyn loves to wear the team colors to work. She works every day except Football Saturdays wh...

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

8 DAYS AGO
Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

Say hello to Ned. He is the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd of Chris Smith, publisher of Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News . While Ned drops in at the office from time to time, he generally works from home. We’d love to have Ned come in every day, but we’ve already got a full time office dog here (Ho...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

4 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

4 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

Click here  to see more of George Prout’s The Marketing Minute

 

 

 

 

 

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MJSA appoints David Cochran as President/CEO

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) - David W. Cochran, a longtime industry veteran whose experience ranges from owning his own jewelry manufacturing operation to managing the brands of premier Fortune 500 companies, has been named president/CEO of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA).


The appointment follows a year-long search that ran concurrently with the development of MJSA's Strategic Plan, which the association recently released.


"During his 30-plus years in the jewelry industry, David has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategic initiatives, and of ensuring his companies reach their potential," said Curtis Ley, MJSA's interim president/CEO, who chaired both the search committee and the strategic review task force. "He'll provide the leadership the association needs to realize its strategic vision and to help our members overcome the global challenges they face."


Most recently, Cochran served as president/CEO and director of The Robbins Co. in Attleboro, Massachusetts, an ISO-certified supplier of recognition and incentive awards for corporations such as Coca-Cola, IBM, and Proctor & Gamble. Under his leadership, the company restructured its operations and, based on client input, invested in web-based retail technology and re-merchandised its product offerings, leading to an overall improvement in gross income. In 2007, Cochran coordinated a successful merger between Robbins and The Tharpe Co. to create one of the nation's largest employee recognition and awards companies.


For the majority of his career (1976 to 1996), Cochran served as president/CEO and owner of R.F. Simmons Co., an Attleboro-based jewelry manufacturer. Recruited by its owner, Amtel, Inc., in 1976 after Simmons suffered several years of poor management and financial turmoil, Cochran strengthened the company's product development, created niche marketing plans, and implemented cost-saving strategies. He purchased the company in 1978, and his initiatives led to a tripling of the company's revenues as it secured national accounts ranging from Zales and Helzberg Diamonds to Amway, and also developed a healthy private-label business.


In addition, Cochran served as president/CEO of Town & Country Fine Jewelry Group, where he was hired by the board and bondholders to guide the company smoothly through a reorganization and orderly sale of assets, and as a director of Monrovia, California-based Barry's Jewelers (Samuel's Jewelers), where he performed the same duties and returned the company to profitability.


Cochran began his career in the jewelry industry as senior product manager with the Speidel division of Textron, Inc. in Providence, where he was charged with strengthening the marketing and business model of the company's Speidel watch brand and jewelry divisions. Prior to this, he served in senior management and marketing capacities with General Foods Corp., Warner Lambert Co., and American Optical Canada.


Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America's (MJSA) mission is to provide the resources and support necessary for U.S.-based jewelry designers, manufacturers, and suppliers to compete successfully. For more information on the association, visit mjsa.org.


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